Nasik is well known with its quality grapes for export. Wine industry always has demand of grapes from Nasik region. But in recent years Indian table grapes are facing decreasing appreciation in global markets. For this reason The Maharashtra State Grape Growers' Association and grape farmers has decided to import 16 kinds of table grapes from South Africa to be planted in Nasik region in the coming season.
These new sorts of grapes comprises of black, red and seedless. These will require less pruning, less pesticide and will be disease-resistant. These plants require less than three months to be developed. On other hand Indian varieties require around four months to develop and need more pruning.
President of Maharashtra State Grape Growers Association, Nasik division Vijay Gadakh said that the pruning takes place in September or October, and is influenced by monsoon. They were looking for varieties that can be developed in minimum three months. Therefore, they decided to import table grape varieties from South Africa for the next season.
There were troubles in importing the patent varieties of grapes in India; as grapes do not come under patent crop law. However, the association has already applied to the patent department and grape will be integrated under Patent Act by March next year.
European countries had rejected Indian grapes in 2010 grape season because chemical rest was found in deliveries. However, with mutual efforts from both exporters and government, European nations, excluding Germany, received some deliveries of grapes at lower rates, whereas the rest of the deliveries were diverted to Dubai, Russia and other nations.
An Indian delegation with officials from National Research Centre (NRC), Agriculture and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), Pune and Grape Exporters' Association (GEAI) had visited Germany and persuaded them to begin exports again. Germany is now importing Indian grapes in small quantities from the newly concluded grape season. Grape grower farmers are hopeful with these new sorts of grapes.